My name is Nick Monroe (@nickmon1112), and in the middle of the afternoon yesterday I saw I was banned from your website. I didn’t even get a reason why this was. What content that I had tweeted crossed the line – which I assumed was the new standard of transparency your company was going by. Regardless, I had faith that by trying the old way of asking via an appeal and explaining that I switched my email address last month, we’d be square on this situation. I even tried to be polite in my wording to your staff because I know they deal with a lot of cases. I wanted to make sure everything went as smooth as possible.
This is how I was treated.
What exactly did I do wrong? Listen. I’m not upset with you on this. I’d just like some clarity.
I’ve had my Twitter account for 2 years, 4 months. Within that length of time I was able to make a difference in people’s lives. Big and small. But more importantly I managed to turn my own life around. To see people’s reactions today humbles me. By them, I feel like I’ve lost nothing. Being suspended can’t, and won’t, erase my work off the face of the internet.
I won’t beat around the bush, Mr. @jack. I’ve become more of a right-wing person in the last few months because of what happened to my friends in the United Kingdom. But even so, I still kept in mind the need to stay above board. My most recent research into the activities and controversies surrounding Fiyaz Mughal and TellMAMA included in that. Although I may disagree with aspects of their political situation, I still fully intend to treat my exploration into that subject with baseline human dignity and general common sense respect.
The same applies to the tweets I made the night before my ban. I find it ironic that these thoughts were proven true.
The reality is the world is so galvanized and polarized right now. I was one of the few people out there who managed to remember to keep an eye towards the political center. To appeal to people’s sense of reason and make sure things didn’t go out of hand. For that reason people have claimed my content was tame. Right now, more than ever, they need that.
It’s your call, @jack. We can march towards a world full of extremes and radicals, or you can turn this ship around and encourage dialogue and moderation. I think the latter of the two is something we should strive for.
Being suspended doesn’t take away the joy of everything I’ve been able to do these past few years. It’s truly given me happiness. I can’t tell you how wonderful that is. I’m not a rich man. But to see people’s reactions today and actually giving a damn makes me feel like a wealthy guy.
I am not a political extremist radical and I would like my account back so I can continue to inform people about the goings on in the world and have a dialogue with the public. As someone who people see as a tame individual, my suspension feels like a step closer to chaos when it comes to the sanctity of free speech.
People will get upset if you attack the moderates.
I hope this letter somehow reaches your desk. I’m going for the internet-message-in-a-bottle routine, and seeing how that goes.
— Nick Monroe
(To everyone else, I want to say thank you. To every last one of you. You’ve made these past few years worth it to me. I appreciate that. I promise as long as I’m still breathing, I’ll come back. One way or another. I’m still here. I’ve still got more work to do. And I’m going to do it. If you could send this letter to @support and make some noise on my behalf, that might work.)